SorryMate once again invested in twins Kurt and Matt Wigley in 2017 as the racing duo continue to progress through the BSB ranks.
Kurt enjoyed a promising season after stepping up to the Dickies British Supersport class. In contrast, Matt only managed five outings in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000. This was before suffering a broken vertebra at Knockhill in June.
Matt recovered well and numerous manoeuvres
Despite his limited action, Matt showcased his overtaking prowess with numerous manoeuvres, in particular during his first race on the 1000cc Kawasaki at Donington Park as he recovered from starting last of 46 competitors on the grid to finish 16th, although he did not register a championship point prior to his season-ending injury.
Kurt managed to avoid any serious damage
Kurt avoided any serious damage. He was able to build on an early-season promise by claiming his first points in the feature race of round three at Oulton Park. His 10th position proved to be the first of eight top 10 finishes. He started a run of earning points in 14 of the remaining 19 races.
With Matt sidelined, Kurt took centre stage with a spectacular performance during the fifth round at Snetterton, producing his best result of the season by coming sixth and eighth in the two races to add 18 points to his tally.
Kurt was the first supersport to test Mupo suspension
Kurt then became the first rider in the Supersport class to test the new Mupo suspension in September, which provided immediate results in the sprint race at Silverstone by crossing the line in ninth spot, recording the sixth fastest lap time in the process to secure a second row start for the feature race. However, he, unfortunately, missed out on a potential top-five finish by crashing in the wet conditions.
The 22-year-old then came seventh twice and ninth once across the next four races at Oulton Park and Assen to increase his points tally further and the Sorrymate rider completed the campaign on a high with five more at Brands Hatch to conclude the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with 83 points.
The Wigley brothers are eager to further establish themselves in their respective classes in 2018.
Sorrymate rider Kurt Wigley recovered from crashing out of the Sprint Race to register another top 10 finish in the Feature Race at Assen for round 11 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship.
The weekend drew parallels to last month’s event at Silverstone, when Kurt also returned with seven points following a DNF and a ninth-place.
The first practice session of the weekend proved to be a learning curve for Kurt as he had not seen the famous TT Assen circuit for six years, meaning he spent much of the session becoming accustomed to the braking points and racing line.
Despite being at a disadvantage to most of the other riders, who attended the circuit last year, Kurt made huge strides in FP2 after a change of gearing and amendments to the suspension setup.
The Sorrymate team again had the support of Mupo and received their help working with the bike in between sessions and in pit lane in a bid to find the best setup and overcome any problems with the suspension.
Kurt recorded major improvements to his personal best lap time by going over 2.5 seconds faster to lift him into 11th spot heading into qualifying.
Conditions turned damp on Saturday morning and Kurt once again thrived with the wet tyres as he climbed up the timing charts into second position until a dry line began to appear.
This led to Kurt falling down to 10th on the leaderboard, although he was set to improve on his fastest time after producing personal best first two sectors, but the session was then brought to an immediate halt when Kurt exited a fast left turn and hit the damp edge of the circuit, which launched him over the handle bars.
Fortunately, the Sorrymate rider was relatively unscathed after the incident, avoiding any major injuries. However, the bike suffered severe damage having rolled several times on the tarmac, smashing the rear wheel and ripping off the clocks.
The team worked flat out to ensure the bike was fixed for the afternoon race and they succeeded in getting it to the grid despite a short turnaround of just three hours.
They were helped by a delayed start due to a downpour, which played into Kurt’s hands as an emerging specialist in wet conditions.
And he quickly asserted himself in the race by soaring up into sixth position on the opening lap, but it was soon apparent that the earlier crash was taking its toll and Kurt was unable to make further progress before dropping a few places.
He did show great resilience to perform a couple of overtaking manoeuvres to shift up the pack once again, but disaster struck when Kurt pursued another overtake and was pushed off line for a hairpin, resulting in the rear breaking traction and ending the race for the Sorrymate team.
To the relief of the crew, no damage was caused by the accident and there was renewed determination the following day to make sure the team would not leave the Netherlands without some points despite starting 15th on the grid.
Kurt headed straight to the inside of the circuit into the first corner and pushed forward while riders around him bunched up, enabling him to burst through.
As the field began to spread out, Kurt led the middle group and pushed away to bridge the gap to those in front. A position penalty was enforced due to exceeding track limits, but Kurt managed to lift himself up into eighth, meaning he claimed another seven points for his tally with a ninth-place finish.
Kurt has now amassed an impressive tally of 78 points with one more race to go as the Dickies British Supersport Championship concludes at Brands Hatch next weekend.
Kurt Wigley has a successful weekend
SorryMate rider Kurt Wigley enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the second visit of the season to Oulton Park. He registered two seventh-places for Round 10 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship.
The weekend almost began with disaster during a very wet FP1. This is when the steering damper bracket snapped. As a result, it nearly caused Kurt to lose control of the Yamaha on a straight exceeding 100mph. Despite this setback, Kurt managed to get the bike safely back to the pit lane. From here, the crew worked frantically to create a quick fix. Unfortunately, the SorryMate bike only re-emerged to complete two laps out of a possible 15 for the session.
SorryMate had some strong laps
FP2 produced more positivity for the team as Kurt recorded some strong lap times on a drying track. He worked his way into the top 10. However, once again issues struck as the bike lost all power and cut out when exiting turn one. Further investigations identified a blown fuse. This was a relief to the team as they were able to rectify the damage. Even though this was resolved, the disruptions in both sessions meant Kurt had lost vital testing time.
To add to the team’s problems, the Oulton Park circuit is in stark contrast to the previous round at Silverstone. It has a lot of bumps, cambers and twisty sectors. This meant that they had minimal information to carry over for the new Mupo suspension. However, Kurt was in impressive form nonetheless. He defied the limitations of the bike and set a time good enough for the fourth row in 11th on the grid.
Kurt was ready to fight for the best finish
The SorryMate rider enjoyed a fast start to race one as he broke away with the top 10 in the opening few laps. He appeared to be ready to fight for the best finish in the Dickies Supersport class. Unfortunately, this soon vanished when the brakes began to fade quickly. The team had never previously suffered this type of issue. To make things worse, they had to watch on as Kurt struggled to stay upright. He came closer to running off track and colliding with other riders when entering corners.
Luck was on Kurt’s side
Fortune was on the team’s side as the race was red flagged due to a rain shower. This allowed the crew to change the pads and bleed the brake fluid through the system. In addition to this change of wheels to wets in a desperate attempt to make the restart. The changes proved to be a success, with Kurt making early inroads after another quick getaway. As a result, this allowed him to lift himself in the to seventh position, recording the sixth fastest lap of the race in the process.
Kurt managed to successfully guide the bike to the chequered flag in seventh. This is a major achievement considering the problems prior to the red flag. Expectations grew higher for the feature race due to the quick lap time putting him on the second row of the grid. Conditions for the second race looked set to be ideal for the SorryMate bike. It thrives on a slightly damp track, but a heavy downpour just moments before the start caused a much damper circuit.
Kurt left with 18 points from the weekend’s racing
Kurt struggled to control the bike when finding the limit. He fell back into the middle of the pack in the opening couple of laps, dropping as far as 13th place. However, Kurt showed his growing maturity to consolidate his position and ease into a rhythm in a bid to reduce the mistakes after crashing out of race two at Silverstone in similar conditions last time out.
Having finally found his groove and benefitting from a drying track, Kurt began to produce some rapid lap times and was able to pull off a number of impressive overtaking manoeuvres. And his fantastic second half of the race resulted in another seventh place finish for the Sorrymate rider, meaning the team left Oulton Park with a haul of 18 points from the weekend’s racing.
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